Regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students. Daily attendance and active participation in each class are critical parts of the learning process.
At times, students may appropriately be absent from class. However, in any semester when a student has accumulated a total of eight (8) absences in any one class, excused or unexcused, the student may not be awarded credit for that class consistent with policy No. 3122. School approved activities and discipline suspensions do not count towards the total absences. Pre-arranged and other absences, excused or unexcused are included in the total absences.
The school based Attendance Intervention Team will work with students and families on strategies to improve attendance and will ultimately determine if credit will be awarded, when a student reaches 8 absences.
The circumstances pertaining to the student’s inability to attend school will be taken into consideration, whether the tardiness or absences are directly related to the student’s disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Additionally, if any of the 8 absences have been caused by long-term or extended chronic health conditions, the parent should contact the appropriate administrator.